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Posted by HIM on Friday January 8th, 2010
Is circumcision effective against the spread of HIV? Two recent studies provide contradictory results. One study of about 2,000 gay men in Peru – most of whom were uncircumcised – found that circumcised men who had unprotected anal sex were slightly less likely to become infected with HIV.
A little more than half of the participants said they were willing to be circumcised in order to participate in a further study to measure the effectiveness of circumcision against HIV transmission. In the meantime, the researchers say the numbers of the first study are too small to draw any definite conclusions. For more information go to: http://www.aidsmap.com/en/news/ 6F898D49-BF01-4E6E-AFAC-2C3D274D91EB.asp
In a second study in Sidney, Australia, researchers found that circumcision is not effective against the spread of HIV. In the Australian study, researchers followed the lives of about 2,400 gay men who were HIV-negative in 2001. Of these, about 2/3 were uncircumcised. By 2006, researchers found that some of the men had acquired HIV.
The researchers found that the incidence of HIV infection was about the same in both circumcised and uncircumcised men. They also found that infection rates were the same when they looked at factors like age, other sexually transmitted infections, or whether the participants were tops or bottoms.
They concluded that circumcision is unlikely to effectively prevent HIV infection in Australian gay men. For more information about this study go to: http://www.aidsmap.com/en/news/ 6F898D49-BF01-4E6E-AFAC-2C3D274D91EB.asp
— Charles Rani
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